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Harlow nurses learn more about issues affecting transgender patients and staff

Health / Sun 17th Apr 2016 at 04:19pm

NURSES in Harlow attended an even tat the Latton Bush centre to learn more about issues affecting transgender patients and those going through the transformation process.

The meeting heard from Becs Manning, who told nurses about her own experiences in relation to the transgender patient.

Becs is a registered mental health nurse and has launched a company and social enterprise – Happy To Be – which promotes improved mental health and socio- economic outcomes for the LGBT community, with a particular focus on those who identify as trans or bisexual.

After the county conference, Becs visited the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow to meet with Chief Nurse Nancy Fontaine and other senior nurses to discuss how staff can support transgender patients and help improve the care they receive.

Tony Durcan, RCN Senior Officer for Essex, said: “We wanted to start a discussion about the needs of transgender patients as this is something which will affect a number of people in Essex.

“We need to make sure that nurses have the skills and knowledge to be able to support these patient through their journey and improve their experience.

“Transgender patients have very specific needs which are often no recognised by health services. The work that Becs is doing is helping to address these unrecognised needs and the RCN is keen to support her in her efforts.”

Becs said high suicide rates among the transgender community were linked to stigma, isolation, a lack of services, support and understanding.

“This has a detrimental impact on mental health and socio-economic status of this group,” she said.
“We are building an online community of professionals who are trained, competent and interested in supporting the trans community.
“Working with organisations like the RCN and their members helps us to spread our work even further and improve the lives of this group.”

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